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I'm packing up tonight in preparation for a family wedding in Omaha this weekend. I'm looking forward to the "mini vacation" and to seeing everybody, but I can't say I'm exactly thrilled about the 15-hour car ride it takes to get there.

That's 30 hours round trip...

Not that I'm any stranger to car trips, really. We make the 24-hour drive to Indiana each Christmas and used to travel to Florida all the time in our mini-van, but still. I love talking to my family but after a while there are only so many Mad Libs and "I Spy" games you can play before that car ride gets really, really old.

The trip will be a little better than I originally thought, though. We don't have a van this time around and I've been picturing all five of us in one of our five-seater cars. And let me tell you, it wasn't pretty. But the family just informed me that we're renting a van.

Anyway, I guess I'm just curious if anyone out there has suggestions. I'm an avid reader and will definitely take along a book or two, but new ideas would be great. Do any of you guys do a lot of traveling? If so, how do you keep the boredom factor at bay?